FP TrendingOct 19, 2022 16:31:55 IST
At the Indian Mobile Congress (IMC) 2022 earlier this month, the 5G mobile network in India was announced. A few days later, Airtel and Jio revealed their plans to roll out 5G in a few major cities. While consumers are eager to test out next-generation mobile services on their smartphones and enjoy better connectivity, scammers have developed a new technique for tricking them.
According to reports, scammers are pretending to be customer service representatives from Vodafone, Airtel, or Jio and cheating unwary customers on the pretext of upgrading their 4G SIMs to 5G.
The public has been alerted by cyber crime police to potential hacking and one-time password-based fraud by scammers. Mumbai Police has warned their followers about the trap in which scammers demand money under the pretense of assisting the victims in upgrading to a 5G SIM. Pune, Hyderabad, and Gurugram police Twitter accounts have also shared similar tweets regarding the scam.
Upgradation in tech brings about a new wave of scammers waiting to pounce. The most recent one is fraudsters offering to guide you to convert to 5G.
Do not share your personal/banking information or click on any unknown links.#Scam2022 #5GScam #CyberSafe pic.twitter.com/9S0XphLM9Q
— मुंबई पोलीस – Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) October 12, 2022
The latest phishing technique involves sending customers misleading URLs that ask them to submit sensitive or personal data, like bank passwords or OTPs, and deducting money from their accounts as a result. There has been an increase in reports of people losing money from their bank accounts as a result of clicking on links they received on their phones.
Some fraudsters are persuading their victims to upgrade from 4G to 5G networks by providing links to their phones. People click on this link believing it to be an official message from the telecom operator to get access to improved connectivity. In reality, though, fraudsters hack the victims’ phones and take private information.
Scammers will be aware of the mobile number connected to the bank accounts as soon as consumers click on the malicious link. They will change the SIM card and ban the phone number, blocking people from using their own SIM.
Users have been advised by the Cyber wing not to click on any messages that say “Switch from 4G to 5G” that come from unidentified senders or phone numbers. Before clicking on fraudulent or dubious links, it is always crucial to check the details. Moreover, the leading telecoms that are going to launch their 5G networks in some Indian cities have made it clear that their users do not need to change their SIM cards from 4G to 5G in order to access the latest mobile network.